I was invited to give a guest lecture for a third year module at Bangor University. Was great discussing research ideas with Katherine Jones, visiting the University and fish labs, and walking through the Llanberis pass on my way back! ∞
After three years I have completed my PhD thesis and just handed it in! It feels strange to finally have the product in my hands of so much work over the years. ∞
I have been trying to improve my drawing skills to better illustrate how my sticklebacks behave and in what way personalities matter in collective behaviour. I still have a far way to go but this is my latest quick sketch that shows four sticklebacks with different morphologies. When I get more time on my hands after I hand in I will try to get some more elaborate drawings done!
Just over three years ago I was standing up to my waist in cold water, somewhere in the vicinity of Cambridge. I was catching sticklebacks for the first experiments of my PhD. Now, 37 months later, I am in the final stages of writing-up and will actually hand in my thesis in ten days time! During this last chapter of my PhD, I have also become a dad and am actually writing this with my 5 month-old son in the carrier on my chest. Luckily, after a nice walk with our dog in the cold autumn air, he has fallen vast asleep.
If it wasn’t for all funding falling away at the 3 year mark, one and a half month ago, I would be continuing with some additional exciting data chapters of which I already got the data. However, with five data chapters, two of which are published and two have been accepted, I have enough exciting work to talk about. In the months to come, I will be wrapping up a lot of small and large stickleback projects that I have done over the years and that have not made it into my thesis, besides some nice collaborative studies, and will continue with further experiments on the link between personality and collective behaviour as a Postdoc!
Now, time to get back to thesis writing..
Paper accepted in Journal of Fish Biology on personality and foraging in sticklebacks! ∞
Our paper “Recent social conditions affect boldness repeatability in individual sticklebacks” shows that recent experience of a social group had carry-over effects and reduced behavioural repeatability when individuals were alone and that two days of social isolation improved boldness repeatability of individual sticklebacks. ∞